march 4 1938 b
PINE RIVER MAN IS ACQUITTED OF MURDER CHARGE ISpeclsl to The Winnipeg Tribunal DAUPHIN, March 4 After nearly four hours deliberation Thursday evening a six - man jury brought in a verdict of not guilty in the case of Mike Yatskowski, 23 - year - old Pine River man on trial for the murder of his father - in - law, Peter Senyk, 49. The three - day trial attracted wide Interest and the court room was packed Thursday night to hear the final verdict. Yatskowski was the final witness witness to be heard Thursday morning. morning. C S. A. Rogers, K.C., Crown prosecutor and Alex Katz, defense counsel, completed their addresses to the jury before the noon recess. Mr. Justice Adamson, the presid ing judge, occupied the entire afternoon delivering his charge to the jury. His Lordship carefully reviewed the testimony given by more than 25 witnesses, and pointed out that the majority of it was circumstantial circumstantial in nature. The only piece of direct evidence against Yatskowski Yatskowski was that given by Mrs. Nellie Senyk when she testified that the accused had told her that he had killed her husband. This conversation conversation had taken place at the end of July, Mrs. Senyk testified. Yatskowski's own version of this conversation, given Thursday, was that he had merely said he would kill Senyk if he caused Mrs. Senyk any trouble when she returned home, , Yatskowski remained remarkably remarkably calm throughout the trial, unperturbed even under cross - examination. Yatskowski walked out of the court a free man for the first time since his arrest September 18. He will return to his wife and family at Pine River today. He has not yet seen his youngest child, born just a week ago.